Along Comes Mary

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"Along Comes Mary"
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Single by The Association
from the album And Then... Along Comes the Association
B-side "Your Own Love"
Released 8 March 1966[1]
Format 7"
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:45
Label Valiant
Songwriter(s) Tandyn Almer
Producer(s) Curt Boettcher[2]
The Association singles chronology
"One Too Many Mornings"
(1966)
"Along Comes Mary"
(1966)
"Cherish"
(1966)
"Along Comes Mary"
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Single by The Bloodhound Gang
from the album Hooray for Boobies
Released 1999
Format
Recorded 1997
Genre Punk rock
Length 3:20
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Jimmy Pop
The Bloodhound Gang singles chronology
"Why's Everybody Always Pickin' on Me?"
(1997)
"Along Comes Mary"
(1999)
"The Bad Touch"
(1999)
Music video
"Along Comes Mary" on YouTube

"Along Comes Mary" is a song composed by Tandyn Almer, originally recorded in 1966 by the Association,[3] and released on their debut album And Then... Along Comes the Association. It was their first hit and reached number seven on the U.S. charts.

"Along Comes Mary" is sung from the point of view of a once-disillusioned young man talking about the "tribulations no one ever sees" and who "curse[s] those faults in me." The singer believes Mary gives him comfort and improves his life. An acquaintance of Almer claimed in an interview that "Mary" refers to marijuana, though it is unclear if Almer ever confirmed this.[4] In the Young People's Concert titled What Is a Mode? Leonard Bernstein explained that the song was composed in the Dorian mode.[5]

The song has been covered by several artists, most notably the Bloodhound Gang.

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Uses in popular culture[edit]

The Association's version appears in the 2011 movie That's What I Am.

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